It takes a lot of self-discipline to work at home. And, chances are, you’re not only putting in several work hours, you’re probably also taking care of most of the chores around the house as well. It can make for a very exhausting, yet productive, day.
But, how do you balance all of that with the kids being home for the summer? You still have to make money. The house still needs to be cleaned. And, your kids would appreciate at least a little attention, right? Here are a few tips to help you get through this summer, get all of the work done, and have some fun with your kids while you’re at it.
#1 Plan Ahead
You know it’s coming. Just get a plan in place so that you aren’t blindsided when you’re being pulled around the house by your so-called apron strings by your kids. Put a plan together and focus on structure.
#2 Talk to Your Kids
They already know that you work at home. You’re probably already doing a little work while they are with you at home anyway. But, once you have a plan in mind, it’s a good idea to let them know how it will affect them. You know how much they’re looking forward to summer break, so focusing on the positives will go a long way.
#3 Designate an Area for Your Home Office
Things can get a little casual when you are working at home while the kids are at school. Your home office might even sometimes be the dining room table or a comfy chair in the living room.
But, when the kids are home, it will be very conducive to the productivity of your work time if you have a designated space to work. And, no kids allowed in the work space without asking permission.
#4 Schedule Quality Time
Make it a part of your daily routine and plan for it. Quality time can even be a great lead-in to your working time. Maybe make part of your schedule with an hour of playtime for everyone followed by on hour of work time for and reading or TV time for them.
#5 Incentives are Fun
Let them know what your work goals at the beginning of each day. And, offer them small incentives if everyone sticks to the schedule and you get your work done. Make it a game. Kids love prizes!
#6 Wake Up Early
You could easily get in an hour or two of quality work time before the kids get up.
#7 Play Dates
An ideal way to get some alone time is to partner up with your family, friends, and neighbors who have kids and schedule play dates. It’s great for the kids and the parents.
It’s all about taking advantage of every hour of the day. Your kids are your main priority. Just plan your day around what they need and you’ll be fine. And, don’t forget to enjoy your summer as well.